first_img68, of Bayonne passed away on May 19, 2017. Father of Kristie Martinez and her husband Shannon. He was predeceased by his parents Larry and Lucy Kackos. Brother of the late Lawrence Kackos. Grandfather of Skyler Martinez. Also survived by his cousin Davey Ockay and many other family and friends. Clement was the nephew of the Late Msgr. Clement Ockay of St Joseph’s Parish in Bayonne. Mr. Kackos was a Purple Heart Vietnam Veteran of the 11th Calvary “Black Horse.” He had a National Defense Service Medal, Two Overseas Bars, Combat Infantry Badge, and was an expert Sharpshooter with an M-16 and also an expert with Hand Grenades. Clement was a toll Collector for the NJ Turnpike Authority for many years before retiring.Funeral arrangements by CAIOLA-STELLATO Funeral Home, 691 Avenue C.last_img read more

Greggs grows sales

first_imgGreggs is shrugging off the effects of the credit crunch with a total sales increase of 6.7% in the 16 weeks to 4 October. The bakery retailer said sales growth slowed over weeks seven to 13, but have picked up again more recently. Poor weather, and more favourable 2007 conditions, were blamed for the slower growth. In a interim management statement, the company said: “In spite of the increasing pressure on household budgets we have seen only modest erosion of customer numbers and transaction values.”Greggs is reducing its operation profit prediction for the financial year by £3 million, due to the slower sales growth and temporary margin impact from higher costs. Prices of many major ingredients including vegetable oils and vehicle fuel are beginning to stablise, so operating margins should improve in the final 12 weeks of the year, it said.Greggs has 1,399 shops, and has opened 53 new shops and closed 22 this year.last_img read more

Bakkavör enjoys positive Q1 growth

first_imgLike-for-like revenues at fresh prepared foods company Bakkavör increased by 6% in the first quarter, thanks to favourable weather and successful new products.The company, which supplies supermarkets with own-label products, including pizzas, desserts and garlic bread, saw sales reach £414.3m for the 13 weeks ended 29 March 2014, compared to £389.7m during the same period in 2013.Bakkavör has now sold its South African business and 40% of its Italian operation as part of a “strategic reshaping, which will focus on the core growth markets of the UK, the USA and Asia”.Commenting on the results, Agust Gudmundsson, chief executive, said: “It has been another quarter of good growth for the group, as we partner closely with key customers and deliver new products. We expect the trading environment to continue to be challenging, with the UK grocery market remaining highly competitive. However, we are confident in our strategy and are focused on the long-term objectives for the group.”last_img read more

Dickey Betts Announces Plans To Tour In 2018

first_imgAs promised, Dickey Betts has a huge announcement to make on his 74th birthday. After retiring from the road three years ago, the former Allman Brothers Band guitarist/singer/songwriter and founding member has decided that he will return to the road in 2018. Longtime manager David Spero described the decision as “a birthday present to himself”, and he has decided “to go out and play a select group of dates.” However, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the planning is just in the preliminary stages–as only “an email blast has been sent to concert promoters to see what options are available.”Dickey Betts dedicates the decision to his fans, explaining, “Everywhere I go fans keep saying they want me to get out and play again… I think the time is right.” According to the exclusive news report, the 2018 shows will feature Dickey with his son Duane Betts sharing lead guitar duties. “Dickey is talking to some of the guys he has played with,” Spero explains. “We should know in a couple of weeks who will comprise the band.”In addition to playing his own masterpieces, “Ramblin’ Man”, “Jessica”, “Blue Sky” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”, the upcoming Dickey Betts setlists will include songs written by the late Gregg Allman, including “Midnight Rider”, “Melissa”, and “Whipping Post”. “I think the fans deserve to hear a few of Gregg’s songs as well, so I’m pulling out some classics,” Betts tells the Herald-Tribune. “We really gave this a lot of thought as to how and what the show will be,” Spero concludes. “Even I can’t wait to see it.”Dickey Betts is one of two surviving members of the Allman Brothers Band, alongside drummer Jaimoe. Following the tragic passings of Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman earlier this year, the rare opportunity to see an original member perform has become the stuff of legends. Although Dickey played his last show with ABB in 2000, his legacy runs deep within the band’s roots. His career continued for 14 years, playing small clubs as Dickey Betts & Great Southern with his son Duane, performing his own blues songs and ABB classics. While there was talk of Dickey’s reunion with the band for the Allman Brothers’ final concert in October of 2014, it never came to be. Dickey’s inspiration to hit the road was spurred by a recent interview with Rolling Stone, where Betts received widespread praise for his incomparable life’s work. Perhaps this upcoming tour will give fans another note to hold on to–as the road goes on forever.Stay tuned for Dickey Betts tour in 2018![via Sarasota Herald-Tribune]last_img read more

Watch Bob Weir Team With John Kadlecik, RatDog Bandmates, & More At Terrapin Crossroads

first_imgOn December 13th, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir dropped by Phil Lesh’s famed venue Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California, joining guitarist John Kadlecik for a number of tunes during the evening. Kadlecik had recruited a two of Weir’s former RatDog bandmates, drummer Jay Lane and bassist Robin Sylvester, for the performance in addition to keyboardist Todd Stoops.Together, the ensemble worked through Grateful Dead classics such as “Bertha”, “West L.A. Fadeaway”, “Throwing Stones”, and “Touch of Grey”, plus standard tunes such as “Walking Blues” and a cover of Daniel Lanois’ “The Maker”. You can watch video of Bob Weir’s collaboration with John Kadlecik Band at Terrapin Crossroads on Wednesday below, courtesy of  Deadheadland.last_img read more

Get Ready for the Revolution – HPC Market Set for Major Disruption!

first_imgBased on previous experience, this winter, we’ll be hearing about storms heading our way from the Atlantic. Maybe you are thinking of buying a new car this year and want to check out its safety record? Alternatively, you might be interested in advances in the diagnosis of genetic diseases?Compute-intensive tasksAll these seemingly different scenarios have something in common! Yes – weather modelling, car crash simulation testing and genome-sequencing are all compute-intensive tasks that need huge amounts of processing power. Other vertical industries include defence and security, geographic information engineering, financial high frequency trading plus oil and gas exploration. These are all areas where High Performance Computer Clusters (HPCs) come into their own.High-cost and locked-inTraditionally, HPCs were built using high-cost, proprietary hardware platforms, designed specifically for a single use case. As a result, they were the preserve of very large organisations that could afford to invest millions of dollars. They were costly to design, maintain and upgrade, and of course, different HPCs – using different protocols – typically didn’t speak to one another. What’s more, the traditional HPC solution was delivered in component parts rather than an integrated, fully tested appliance. This added cost, time and complexity.Open standardsFast forward to today. The industry is transforming, thanks to open standards and non-proprietary hardware platforms, based on standard IT technology, pioneered by companies like Dell EMC. This has not only made HPCs affordable, it is also enabling increased use of ground-breaking applications like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, genome-sequencing and Finance and KAFKA-ingest streaming. Increasingly, we are seeing Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) being deployed across a range of on-premise platforms and cloud infrastructure to deliver a big step-change in application performance and energy-efficiency.CollaborationExactly why I’m so excited that the division I head up, Dell EMC OEM, is now collaborating with BittWare, a leading supplier of FPGA-based accelerated computing solutions. Together, we are bringing Enterprise-class OEM solutions to the market, allowing customers to drive the most demanding data visualisation and rendering workloads.Choice and flexibilityFor me, it’s all about customer choice, cost and flexibility. You get a 1U high-density, rack-mounted PowerEdge server appliance solution that has been optimised for accelerators and includes the BittWare FPGA Compute Node. Forget about getting a bag of component parts! This is an integrated, customised, production-ready solution that has been tested and validated in our labs by our HPC team and backed up by award-winning support and a fast go-to-market strategy. Think affordable, robust, scalable technology from two top vendors. Information available here.My counterpart, Craig Petrie, VP Marketing of FPGA Solutions at BittWare, a Molex company, hit the nail on the head, when he said, “Packaging disruptive technology in this way massively de-risks customer investments, allowing them to unlock the dramatic benefits of FPGAs in a cost-effective manner.” I couldn’t agree more!I believe that Dell EMC OEM and BittWare are in a great position to lead the way in FPGA technology and disrupt the market for the benefit of customers. Are you using HPC technology? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your comments and questions.Learn more about Dell EMC OEM at dellemc.com/oemLearn more about our joint solution here: https://www.bittware.com/facnKeep in touch. Follow us on Twitter @dellemcoem and @dermotatdellJoin our LinkedIn OEM & IoT Solutions Showcase page herelast_img read more

Brit Wit! Frayn’s Noises Off and Stoppard’s Indian Ink Added to New Roundabout Season

first_img View Comments Off-Broadway, the New York premiere of Stoppard’s Indian Ink will bow at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre in September 2014. Set on two different continents and in two different eras, Indian Ink follows free-spirited English poet Flora Crewe on her travels through India in the 1930s, where her intricate relationship with an Indian artist unfurls against the backdrop of a country seeking its independence. Fifty years later, in 1980s England, her younger sister Eleanor tries to preserve the legacy of Flora’s controversial career. Casting and opening date will be announced in due course. Noises Off, a hilarious play-within-a-play, follows an ambitious director named Lloyd Davis and his troupe of mediocre actors as they blunder from a bad dress rehearsal to a spectacularly disastrous performance. The cast and crew are putting together a silly sex comedy titled, Nothing On—a single-set farce in which lovers frollic, doors slam, clothes are tossed away and embarrassing hi-jinks ensue. Noises Off premiered on Broadway in 1983 and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. The revival will open Roundabout’s Broadway season at the American Airlines Theatre in January 2015; casting and an opening date have not yet been announced. Roundabout’s slate for its current season includes Broadway mountings of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal (directed by Lyndsey Turner), Cabaret, starring Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams (directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall) and Violet, starring Sutton Foster (directed by Leigh Silverman). Off-Broadway productions include Donald Margulies’ Dinner With Friends (directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon) and Bekah Brunstetter’s Cutie and Bear (directed by Evan Cabnet). Roundabout Theatre Company has added two productions—a Broadway revival of Michael Frayn’s gut-busting comedy Noises Off, directed by Jeremy Herrin, and an off-Broadway production of Tom Stoppard’s romantic drama Indian Ink, directed by Carey Perloff—to its 2014-15 season. As previously announced, RTC’s upcoming season also includes Stoppard’s The Real Thing, starring Ewan McGregor in his Broadway debut and directed by Sam Gold.last_img read more

Father Comes Home From the Wars, Starring Sterling K. Brown, Starts Previews

first_img Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) The cast also includes Louis Cancelmi, Peter Jay Fernandez, Jeremie Harris, Russell G. Jones, Jenny Jules, Ken Marks, Jacob Ming-Trent, Tonye Patano and Julian Rozzell Jr. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 7, 2014 Father Comes Home From the Wars consists of three plays performed as one. In Part 1, “A Measure of Man,” Hero (Brown), a slave who is accustomed to his master’s lies, must now decide whether to join him on the Confederate battlefield in exchange for a promise of freedom. Part 2, “The Battle in the Wilderness” follows Hero and the Colonel as they lead a captured Union solider toward the Confederate lines as the cannons approach. Finally, in Part 3, “The Union of My Confederate Parts,” the loved ones Hero left behind question whether to escape or wait for his return—only to discover that for Hero, freedom may have come at a great spiritual cost. Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) begins performances off-Broadway on October 14. Directed by Jo Bonney, the show will feature Sterling K. Brown and more and officially open on October 28. The production will run through November 16 at the Public’s Anspacher Theater. View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Advertising panel offers alterations

first_img October 1, 2004 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Advertising panel offers alterations Advertising panel offers alterations Senior Editor A tentative and preliminary report suggesting changes to Bar advertising rules has been approved by the Advertising Task Force 2004 and, as this News reaches Bar members, should be posted on the Bar’s Web site for comments.The task force has rejected for now a proposal to require that all nonexempt ads be reviewed by the Bar before publication or broadcast, but instead offered an incentive program to encourage lawyers to have their ads prescreened.The panel also could not reach agreement on whether the 30-day prohibition on direct mail advertisements in personal injury cases should be extended to criminal cases. The task force is offering three options on that.Task force Chair Manny Morales told the group, which met by conference call September 9 following the cancelation of the General Meeting because of Hurricane Frances, that the plan is to get lots of input before meeting again at the Midyear Meeting in January.“I’d really like to get to the point that here is what we’ve come up with for a draft for the rules and get comments,” Morales said. “By the time we have our meeting in January and have heard in writing, in e-mail, and testimony at the January meeting, we’ll be close to a final report after that.”That report will go to the Bar Board of Governors, which will send any final suggested rule amendments to the Supreme Court. The task force planned to write up the actions at its September 9 meeting, circulate them to all its members (several missed the teleconference), make any final adjustments, and then have the preliminary report posted on the Web site (www.flabar.org) by October 1. Comments on that draft can be sent to Bar Ethics Counsel Elizabeth Tarbert at The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300, or at [email protected](Note: Because task force members were still reviewing a draft as this News went to press, some details in the preliminary report may have been changed since the September 9 meeting.)At its earlier two meetings, the task force had been unable to reach an agreement on perhaps its two most high profile issues: whether to expand the 30-day bar on direct mail solicitations to criminal cases and whether to require prescreening of nonexempt ads. Direct Mailing The group was still unable to reach a consensus on the direct mailing issue, although several members said they have concerns about direct mailings to criminal defendants.Morales, Tarbert, and other task force members said they had received many comments from criminal defense lawyers opposing limitations on their direct mailings. Tarbert reported that the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is waiting for the task force’s final recommendation before weighing in. Despite the comments, some task force members said they remained unconvinced and wanted to hear from a broader membership spectrum.“The one thing that makes a criminal case different from a civil case is within 24 hours you’re brought before a judge and the judge tells you you should have a lawyer,” said Board of Governors and task force member Robert Rush, adding that defendants also get Miranda warnings. “We’re bombarding people who are in a very vulnerable position and I think they are as vulnerable as personal injury people.. . . There isn’t anything bad that can happen to you in a criminal case that can’t be undone by a competent attorney. There are so many opportunities where you are told to get a lawyer in a criminal case.”But task force member John Bales disagreed, and said the mailings could be helpful.“That’s like telling me when my toilet overflows I need a plumber. If it weren’t for the Yellow Pages, I wouldn’t know who to call,” he said. “These people, they know they need a lawyer; they’re told they need a lawyer, and they have no idea who to call.”The task force agreed to seek comments on three alternatives in the preliminary report:• Keep the present system where only direct mail letters in personal injury cases are subject to the 30-day waiting period.• Extend the waiting period to cover direct mail solicitations in criminal cases.• Extend the waiting period to both criminal cases and civil traffic solicitations. Some task force members noted that criminal DUI charges are frequently accompanied by civil traffic charges which could create a loophole if the waiting period is imposed on criminal cases. Ad Review On the screening of ads, the task force is recommending a voluntary system that encourages lawyers to submit an ad to the Bar for review before it is published or broadcast.The task force rejected options that included not reviewing ads at all (members could still be disciplined for rule violations), requiring prescreening of TV and radio ads only, and requiring prescreening of all ads that are not exempt from the filing requirements. (Under Rule 4-7.8, ads that contain only certain, basic information do not have to be filed for review.) Task force members questioned whether the last two options would pass constitutional muster on free speech grounds.The proposed amendment is a modification of current rules, that provide the Bar will respond within 15 days after an ad is filed. The current rule says only that if a grievance is filed, the Bar’s approval of the ad can be considered. Under the proposed rule, a lawyer would be immune from being disciplined if the Bar had approved the ad, even in error.“It’s giving you the option of ‘I’m going to voluntarily submit my ad to the Bar and they can tell me in 15 days if it’s okay,’” Morales said. “It’s giving him or her a process that no matter what happens, he or she is not going to be subjected to a grievance, but at the same time it does not require every single ad to be filed [and approved prior to publication or broadcast].. . . “If I’m going to put an ad out and I’ve got an alternative where the Bar is going to tell me it’s okay and I’m not subject to a grievance, who is not going to want to do that?”The proposed rule also provides that if the Bar fails to respond within 15 days, the ad is assumed approved and the lawyer can run it without fear of a grievance.While task force members readily agreed on that option, they wrangled over details. Morales first advocated a hard deadline of 15 days for review, with no exceptions. But Tarbert said while most ads could be done in that time frame, there would be difficulties. The most common problems, she said, are that lawyers have to be contacted to get more information and on close calls Bar staff frequently takes the ad to the Standing Committee on Advertising for guidance. Both of those typically take more than 15 days.If staff had to meet the 15-day deadline without exception, reviewers would err on the side of caution and reject those ads, she said.The task force agreed to keep the rule that the Bar must make a response within 15 days, but not necessarily a final decision.Tarbert also asked for a rule that would spare a lawyer from discipline for running an ad that violated the rules but which was accidentally approved by Bar staff, as long as the ad was corrected after the Bar notified the lawyer. The task force rejected that. Morales said if the Bar wants lawyers to use the system, then its word must be final. The task force, though, agreed the approval would not be binding if the member provided false information in the proposed ad that wasn’t discovered until after the Bar gave its okay. Other Recommendations On other matters, the task force:• Reviewed several options but decided, for the moment, not to add a definition of advertising to the rules. Members said while it might help provide some clarity, it could also create more problems that it would solve and that the definition is set by case law and court rulings.• Added language that out-of-state lawyers who advertise in Florida must follow the advertising rules. Tarbert noted that is consistent with proposed multijurisdictional practice rules pending at the Supreme Court.• Ratified that communications between lawyers, with family members, with current and former clients, and at the request of a prospective client are not covered by the advertising rules, but are subject to the general misconduct rule involving dishonesty, deceit, or misrepresentation.• Refined and expanded slightly what can be included in an ad and still be exempt from being filed and reviewed by the Bar. New exempt information includes military service information, and illustrations of the state or American flag, the American eagle, unadorned law books, diplomas, and inside or outside depictions of a courthouse.• Decided to tighten up the definition of “continuing professional relationship” as it applies to whom an attorney can solicit. Members said they don’t want attorneys approaching accident victims in a hospital merely because the attorney had served on a charitable or civic board with the victim or the victim had attended a seminar held by the lawyer. At the same time, task force members said they did not want to discourage attorneys from inviting people to their seminars or similar function. They rejected an alternative rule that would define professional relationship as a strictly current or past attorney-client relationship.• Decided to recommend a change that a spokesperson on a radio or TV ad who is obviously not an attorney would not have to be identified as a nonlawyer. Task force members said such identification could take up an inordinate amount of time on a 10-, 20- or 30-second spot and with some ads, such as on National Public Radio, it is plain that the ad reader is a station employee and not an attorney.• Recommended that lawyers’ Web pages no longer be required to state all jurisdictions where members of the firm are licensed to practice, or list the bona fide offices of the firm. But task force members said e-mail communications should be subject to all the restrictions of direct mail solicitations and that “pop-up” and “banner” Internet ads should be regulated as other ads.• Recommended eliminating most of Rule 4-7.9 which applies to information provided by an attorney or law firm upon request of a prospective client. Task force members favored little regulation of such communications, beyond that they must be truthful and not misleading, and noted most of the provisions of that rule were covered in other sections of advertising regulations.• Agreed to an amendment to the rule on lawyer referral services that requires all such services to affirmatively state in their ads that they are referral services. That change was recommended by the Bar’s Standing Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law. Noncomplying ads Throughout the debates on the rules, task force members reiterated their desire to simplify the rules and make them as easy as possible for Bar members to follow.Tarbert presented some Bar statistics that supported that goal. According to Bar records, in 1991-92, the first year the Bar required that ads be reviewed, 3,937 ads were filed and 87 percent of them did not comply with the rules on their initial submission. In 1994-95, it was 93 percent, and in 1997-98, it was 91 percent.For the most recent year, 2003-04, 82 percent of the 2,705 ads submitted did not comply. So far for the 2004-05 fiscal year, that number has dropped to 63 percent.last_img read more

3 reasons you should use your credit union’s mobile banking app

first_imgIt’s 2018. You don’t go anywhere anymore without a super powerful computer in your pocket. There are tons of apps available for any smart device you may own, and one app that is a must-have is definitely your credit union’s mobile app. If you’re not savvy with a mobile banking app yet, here are three reasons you should be…It’s easily accessible: Everywhere you go, your smartphone is more than likely in your hand or in your pocket/purse. Your bank is 10 minutes away, and your laptop is in the other room with a dead battery. Does that sound right? Well, if you need a quick look at your accounts, look no further than your credit union’s mobile app. It’s pretty much always within arm’s reach and available to you whenever you need it.It’s simple to login: If you’re an iPhone user, logging into your mobile banking app couldn’t possibly be any easier. If your phone is a few years old, you can login with the touch of your finger. If you’ve got the latest Apple tech, thanks to Face ID, all you have to do is look at the screen. Android’s facial recognition software isn’t quite up to part with Apple’s, but it’s not too far behind.It’s a lot less work: I’m sure you can think of a few reasons why you’d need to travel inside your local branch, but mobile banking has definitely made one big reason obsolete. Depositing checks has never been easier than it is with mobile banking. Simply type in an amount, select which account you’d like it to go into, and then take a photo of both sides of the check. Boom. Done. It’s just that simple. 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more